New Skilled Occupation Lists starting on 19th April 2017


2017 has proven to be a year of changes for Australian Immigration. After the downturn of the Australian and global economy, the focus of Australia has been shifted from Immigration to fill shortages of workers to prioritizing Australian for local jobs.


Not everyone can just apply for a work visa or a skilled visa. Among a long list of other criteria, the position of work they are applying for must be in specified lists. The previous lists are called the "Skilled Occupation List" (SOL) and the "Consolidated Skilled Occupation List" (CSOL).


From 19th April 2017, new lists will come into effect. The new lists are much shorter and will leave many previously eligible occupations out.



Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) (unless nominated by a State or Territory Government)

  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream.

The full list can be found here.



Short-Term Strategic Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

  • Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)  - if nominated by a State or Territory Government

  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) - caveats on some occupations

  • Training visa (subclass 407)​​​​

The full list can be found here.



Many occupations were removed, such as:

  • Biochemist

  • Electronic Engineering Draftperson

  • Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Human Resource Adviser

  • Life Scientist (General)

  • Microbiologist

  • Petroleum Engineer

  • Procurement Manager

  • Safety Inspector

  • Vehicle Painter

The full list can be found here.



Special caveats are placed for visa 457 for many occupations, including:

  • Accountant (General)

  • Baker

  • Cafe and Restaurant Manager

  • Chef

  • Cook

  • Customer Service Manager

  • Hairdresser

  • ICT Project Manager

  • Management Consultant

  • Massage Therapist

  • University Lecturer


Contact Anna Molina (MARN 1461034), our registered migration agent, today to discuss your Australian Visa options. Click here to enter your details.



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Anna Molina (MARN: 1461034) is the principal registered migration agent at Sophos Migration Specialist located in Perth, WA. She holds a bachelor degree from the University of Western Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practices from Murdoch University. She is also a member of the Migration Institute of Australia and Migration Alliance.


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